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Pet Poisoned Along WNC HikingTrail

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The U.S. Forest Service says a dog ate something covered in white powder while walking along the Bent Creek Trail this week. Forest rangers are now investigating to see if someone is baiting the animals. The U.S. Forest Service says a dog ate something covered in white powder while walking along the Bent Creek Trail this week. Forest rangers are now investigating to see if someone is baiting the animals.
BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating the possibility that someone might be trying to poison animals in Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

Many people come to Bent Creek because dogs are not required to be kept on a leash.

“It is a lot better than walking the streets of Asheville,” says Tom Walden.

While it is a destination for pet owners, the forest service is now urging visitors to keep their animals by their side.

A family pet recently became sick after eating a piece of bread coated in white powder found along one of the trails, according to Forest Service spokesman Stevin Westcott.

After the initial report, rangers found two other tainted food products scattered on the ground, Westcott said.

Investigators are currently testing the substance to determine what it is.

“It is pretty frightening. This has always been a safe place,” says Erik Barlowe.

Dr. Fred Rosen with Western Carolina Veterinary Emergency Hospital says pet poisoning are fairly common.

“We get almost every day three to four cases of dogs eating something bad,” says Rosen.

His advice mimics that of the Forest Service -- keep your dog restrained so that you can monitor what it eats.

“Dogs love things that smell bad and out in the woods, there is no telling what they are going to find,” says Rosen.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation at Bent Creek is asked to call the Forest Service at 828-877-3265, ext. 231.

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